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Two applicants so far for city council seat

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

There are two applicants, so far, for the vacant at-large Brainerd City Council seat.

The applicants are Joshua “JD” Berns, a former Student Senate president at Central Lakes College and life-long resident of Brainerd, and Matthew Taylor, co-owner of Sunshine Kitchen and Moonshine Lounge.

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The council seat became vacant recently after Bonnie Cumberland died in her home.

The new city council member will finish out Cumberland’s term, which is over at the end of this year. They must then run again in the election if they want to hold the seat.

Applications for the at-large seat are due to Brainerd City Hall by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The applicant names will then go to the council. There will be a special city council meeting at 6 p.m. on March 10, where each applicant will give a short presentation, up to five minutes, to speak to why they should be chosen. The council will then use a majority vote on who to name for the spot.

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